Just a "zebra" trying my best to live life to the fullest with EDS and POTS...and loving the ride.

Let\’s Celebrate!

Written by Katie. Posted in Giveaways

August 23 was the day it was born.

It was a proud moment after a lot of hard work, designing and collaborating.

It has been like my baby, as I have loved it, watched it grow, and have tried to find a balance between giving it the love it needs and paying attention to all of the other aspects of my life.

In 11 days, I will be having a birthday party for my baby!

Okay, that may be taking it a little too far…

But in all seriousness, I would love to celebrate all of the people who have read, offered support, loving words, and encouragement this past year.

So, on August 23 you all are invited to Life as a Zebra’s first birthday!

There won’t be cake, or ice cream, or pony rides, but there WILL be one gift of thanks given to one winner picked at random.

Here’s how it works:  All you have to do is leave a comment with your first name, an email address, and a comment about anything.

Here’s some ideas: Your favorite birthday present, what topic you would like to see more of on Life as a Zebra in the next year, why zebras are awesome,  your favorite band, book, or movie, how you treat yourself to “me” time, your favorite yoga pose, your pet’s name…like I said, ANYTHING!

Leave your comment by Wednesday, August 22  and on Thursday, the 23rd I’ll pick a winner at random to mail (for free) the Life as a Zebra “birthday present.”

Even if I don’t know you, I would love for you to leave a comment.  Remember, this zebra doesn’t bite!

Thanks for reading the past year!

Lots of Love,

Katie xo

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Comments (18)

  • Sara

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    In our home, birthday celebrations our big & wonderful! Breakfast in bed is a favorite! Maddy waits patiently, and Sits like a queen while it comes to her. Cinnamon rolls are usually her order that she puts in days in advance! Some say we spoil her… They’re right!

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  • Aunt Laurie

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    The best birthday party I ever had was my 39th. I was still living in Minneapolis and my friend Kathleen (aka Ming the Merciless), whom I met my senior year at Michigan State, was also living in Mpls. She organized my 39th birthday party and declared it an 80’s theme.

    Some back story: Ming’s older sister was studying to be a DO at MSU’s school of Osteopathic Medicine while Ming and I were undergrads. Ming’s sister shared a house with three other DO students on Fairview Ave in Lansing, down the street from Emil’s restaurant. The housemates threw a huge house party one Saturday night, and Ming and I went. Back then, a house party wasn’t complete unless MTV was blaring and providing the background music (this was back when MTV actually played music videos 24/7). Well, the show Headbanger’s Ball was on MTV and the Scorpion’s “Rock you like a Hurricane” came on, and me being three sheets to the wind at this point, did an air guitar solo to the song complete with leg kicks and headbanging. Afterward, two headbanger potheads who had crashed the party followed me around for the rest of the night. Ming has never let me live that whole experience down yet.

    OK, so back to my 39th birthday party: Ming invited all my very BFF’s to her house for my birthday and everyone had to dress up in 80’s costumes. We had a few preppies, a valley girl, a Joan Collin’s look-a-like from “Dynasty”, a new waver, and Ming made me dress up as an 80’s hair band guitarist complete with spandex pants, leopard print spandex shirt, a “hair band” wig she bought, and an inflatable guitar.

    Ming told everyone at the party about my college air guitar solo and then made me perform an air guitar routine to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Let’s just say I rocked that mother.

    BEST. BIRTHDAY. PARTY. EVER.

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  • Michelle

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    My absolute FAVORITE birthday memory: I was 7 years old and my dad asked me to go upstairs and get him a hanky, when I came downstairs and outside, there sat MY FIRST BIKE (all others had been hand-me downs as I am the second child) It was a Royal Blue Huffy, with tall handle bars and a white banana seat with flowers on it!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE that memory, rode that bike for YEARS!!!

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  • Danielle

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    My favorite birthday was before I knew I was a zebra. I was 15 and had been taking a new student to youth group with us that year. After church, something was said about it being my birthday and he said he didn’t know (I didn’t advertise it). When he got to church (I got their early for band practice) he came in carrying a chocolate cake, and apologized for probably spelling my name wrong. He did, but I didn’t care. I totally cried. Best birthday ever; to know i was loved and appreciated enough to make me a cake in 4rs or so.

    Now, the best part about being a zebra is knowing that all those years I felt like I was different and that I accepted I didn’t fit in were accurate. I stand out among the flow of everyday life and sometimes I fall apart, but I bear my stripes proudly and live with expectations of helping other zebras find their way in the sea of horses.

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  • Dave Mathews

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    I’ve known you now for a lot of years and never really thought much about it. I follow all your posts and think what would I do in your shoes. I would like to think I’d fight just as hard as you do but I don’t know if I have that same will power. What I would like to say is The one I hope to meet sometime during my travels subbing in different buildings is your husband. What a guy. Yes you have lots of problems but in a sense so does he. Maybe not the pain and frustration you have but I’m sure he lives those same pains etc in his own way. He is one hell of a guy as I’m sure you are well aware. Take good care of him as guys like him are few and far between. And I hope and pray you can teach all day this year. See ya one of these days at school.

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  • LeAnna

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    I find your website inspiring! It gives me encouragement as I move through my journey as a zebra. I think one of the hardest things about being a zebra is getting someone to figure it out. It took over 20 years to get diagnosed with the different things going on with me. You helped me discover that I had POTS and you have provided me with knowledge and knowledge is truly powerful. I want to thank you for all you do.

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  • Tonya

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    Zebras are awesome because you are one 🙂 and so am I! Honestly, I’ve said a few times to people I’m so thankful i have your blog to read bc it’s such a support and it’s helps me to see what IS possible on the days I don’t want to do anything and feel like I’ll never get better.
    Happy Birthday

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  • Teal

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    You have brought zebras into a dazzle! And that is a very special thing!

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  • Uncle Steve

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    OK Honey-this is easy, my SECOND best birthday was my last one…
    my BEST birthday is my NEXT one….and that goes on from here til eternity!

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  • Mada

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    Happy birthday to you, sparkly zebra! Love, The Zonkey.

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  • Katrina

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    Happy birthday to your blog! I have been following you for a few months now, ever since POTSy girl shared your page.

    I’m 25 and was diagnosed with both EDS and Dysautonomia in the last year (after 18months of searching for answers when my body started to fall apart. I
    Live in Queensland, Australia; am recently married and have a fluffy little cavoodle called Charlie (my best buddy).

    I do much enjoy your blog and very much appreciate your journey with us all. You are an incredible person : )

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  • Meghan

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    You are such a remarkable young lady!!! I am in awe of all you accomplish. Happy birthday “life as a zebra!”

    Love you, love you

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  • Allie

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    I made the deadline!

    aaaaaa– sibenya— momebeziaba

    Zebras are necessary for the circle of life.

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  • Beth Smith

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    I want one so bad. Thanks for all you do

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  • Stephanie

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    Happy Happy birthday to Life as a Zebra and congrats to you Katie! This incredible blog has seen me through some of the toughest times of the past year. It will continue to be a reminder that no matter how POTSy I feel or when my EDS is acting up, that the trials will pass as they always do, and that until they do, I am never alone! Keep fighting the good fight, fellow zebras!!!! 🙂
    Zebra love,
    Steph

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  • alison-the-bendy-zebra

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    🙂 i love how positive zebras and that we are born fighters.

    I would suggest all zebra’s to start a free blog about issues.

    It’s the only way I believe we can encourage more non zebra’s to learn and hopefully improve the ways that the NHS treat us all.

    Instead of just not wanting to know

    Big hugs to all zebras <3 u all

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  • Theresa

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    I remember a Zebra who had trouble lifting her arms to get a jacket out of the closet, needed to be pushed in a wheel chair constantly, used a neck brace daily and was filled with fatigue moments after waking. Alhough she doesn’t have perfect days….far from it. She is a fighter, an inspiration and a confidant to so many. She’s changing the world for those with invisible illnesses. She is a bright light to her family, friends, pupils and strangers. She is one of my best friends. I watch her continue to grow stronger each day mentally, physically and spiritually. She is what society should strive to be…a wonderful human being. Her name is Katie Jaskolski, I am proud and honored to know her.

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  • Jenn

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    You are an amazing person and an inspiration to so many of us. I love reading your blog and your “Life as a Zebra” page and knowing that others “get it.” It was great meeting you for Team Zebra in May!

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